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Triumphant Republicans would be foolish to disregard Obama

By   /  November 17, 2010  /  Leon Modeste  /   Comments

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Tweet Where do we go from here? The mid-term elections are over and the Republicans soundly defeated the Democrats. The Republicans are now the majority in the House of Representatives and have significantly narrowed the gap in the Senate, where the Democratic Party barely has a majority President Obama readily admits to have taken a [...]

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Package store vote: Commission chose people over money

By   /  November 5, 2010  /  Leon Modeste  /   Comments

Tweet On October 26, 2010, more than 200 people packed the City Commission’s nightly meeting to voice their opinion concerning the controversial application for a liquor license permit in East Albany Commissioners Hubbard, Howard, Mariette and Postell should be commended for voting to deny the request. Their vote with the community was invaluable.

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East Albany doesn’t need liquor store

By   /  October 20, 2010  /  Leon Modeste  /   Comments

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Tweet At the Oct.5, 2010 Albany City Commissioners meeting an agenda item came up for approval of a liquor store permit (Jax Package Store) at 301 East Oglethorpe Blvd. One of the supporting justifications given was that there are several nearby counties that do not allow the sale of liquor. This creates a natural market [...]

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Mayor pro tempore Issue ‘false barrier’

By   /  November 13, 2009  /  Leon Modeste  /   Comments

Tweet There is an often-repeated axiom that the youth are our future. Well, the future is now, in the person of commissioner-elect Christopher Pike. He is young, intelligent, and articulate and has a vision for a better Albany. Chris could be in the vanguard inspiring other young people to remain in Albany, rather than leave [...]

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Opinion: Good life or poverty: Let’s come to a decision

By   /  October 30, 2009  /  Leon Modeste  /   Comments

Tweet meless rate is increasing, crime continues to climb and unemployment is reaching double digits. I have traveled to countries in Africa, Central America, the Caribbean Islands and South America. Yet, there are many Albany eastside neighborhoods that remind me of these third-world nations. Albany is 66.1 percent African American with 52 percent (11 out [...]

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Albany City headhunter picks puzzling

By   /  September 2, 2009  /  Leon Modeste  /   Comments

Tweet I recently read with considerable interest an article published in the New York Times (Aug. 17, 2009) entitled ‘… Big Pitches, Big Fees, Few Jobs” regarding job search companies. They are commonly known as headhunters. My question: why do we need the services of a job search company?  Does Al Lott feel a sense [...]

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